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WATCH: Captain confident of Carlisle play-off spot

Carlisle United captain Danny Grainger says he's confident the Blues can move back into the League Two promotion play-off places.

United travel to Crawley Town on Saturday.

Earlier in the season the Blues had looked a certainty to claim a play-off place, but a dip in form means they're currently in eighth.

I think when you look through the league we've lost key players at key times, but when you look now we've got more or less a full squad back.

I'm more than confident the boys can get us across the line.

– Danny Grainger, Captain, Carlisle United

Football star Michael Owen fined £300 for speeding

Owen also had four points put on his licence. Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Former England football star Michael Owen has been fined £300 for speeding.

The 37-year-old ex-Manchester United, Liverpool, Newcastle and Real Madrid player also had four points endorsed on his licence at Dumfries Justice of the Peace Court.

Owen, of Lower Soughton Hall, Northup, Flintshire, is now a racehorse breeder and owner.

He pleaded guilty by letter to driving at 95mph on the southbound lane of the A74(M) motorway in Dumfries and Galloway, in February 2017.


'There's a nervousness about the players'- Keith Curle

Keith Curle was deflated in the post-match press conference Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle United Manager Keith Curle says there's a nervousness in his squad as the team are on the brink of dropping out of the play-off zone.

The Blue were beaten 2-1 by Notts County at Brunton Park on Saturday.

The hosts led for the majority of the match but two late goals by the visitors meant it was another defeat for United.

Annan Athletic to become fan owned football club

Annan Athletic. Credit: ITV Border

Members of Annan Athletic football club have voted to pass full ownership of the club to the fans.

It will be converted to a Community Benefit Society, after 74 per cent of members voted in favour of the change.

Annan Athletic will now proceed with the legal process of becoming a 100 per cent fan-owned club.

When the process is complete, it will be democratically managed by its fan shareholders, operating a one-member-one-vote system.

The club says the move will also limit liability for the owners, and provide greater protection for the clubs' assets.

Annan Athletic have long been part of the community and this latest restructure will see the club further develop their links in aspects of the communities of Annan and the surrounding area with the aim of ‘inspiring active lives for all'.

Further announcements about how supporters and the community can join the club on this journey will be made shortly.

Annan Athletic are particularly indebted to Supporters Direct for their help and guidance in ensuring the club achieved this latest success.

– Annan Athletic Statement

WATCH: Keith Curle's awkward encounter

Carlisle United Manager Keith Curle surprised journalists at a press conference today, when asked for his memories of Mansfield Town.

Curle managed the club between 2002 and 2004, before he was sacked after allegations of bullying.

He was later cleared of any wrongdoing, and he told journalists about an awkward encounter yesterday (15 March) with his former chairman.

Strangely enough I was in a cafe yesterday in Sheffield and I bumped into the ex-chairman who sacked me for gross misconduct, bullying and intimidating.

I didn't offer to buy him a cup of tea.

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United Manager

Willie Gibson scoops Player of the Month award

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Stranraer's Willie Gibson has scooped the League One Player of the Month award for February.

The winger hit three goals and has inspired his team to a seven-game unbeaten run.

This good form has seen the Blues move away from relegation danger to give themselves an outside chance of stealing the final promotion play-off place.


Blues take on league leaders

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Carlisle United will be looking to get back to winning ways tonight when they take on League Two leaders Doncaster Rovers at Brunton Park (7:45pm ko)

Manager Keith Curle says he's looking for a big reaction from his players after they slumped to a 4-1 home defeat to Blackpool on Saturday.

"Our changing room has been exposed and it is one of those - you need a reaction.

"There is no better way of looking forward to a reaction than when you are playing the top of the league and saying 'go on then this is what we are about."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United manager

Curle: "We're not going to be pressurised into losing our assets"

Keith Curle has said Carlisle United will "not be pressurised into losing our assets" following a rejected bid by Bradford City to secure Charlie Wyke.

The club were hoping to land United's leading striker, but Curle said they didn't offer what they feel is Wyke's value.

The Blues manager went on to confirm that although Bradford City were the only club to lodge an official offer, there are other clubs showing a strong interest.

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